Hamburg - Hanoi-based low-cost carrier VietJet has just received its first Airbus A321neo and announced on this occasion that all orders for A320neo are converted to A321neo.
In the last days of 2017, the first A321neo of the low-cost Vietnamese took off from the Airbus factory in Hamburg and landed at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Registered VN-A646, the aircraft is equipped with PW1100G engines from Pratt & Whitney.
The chosen configuration offers 230 seats. The first five rows are designed to accommodate SkyBoss passengers, the premium service of the company.
The entry into service is scheduled this month in Vietnam on domestic and international routes. VietJet is the first operator of A321neo in Southeast Asia.
The aircraft is the 17th Airbus received by the company in 2017. VietJet is an "all Airbus" carrier consisting of 25 A320ceo and 26 A321ceo.
The A320 Family aircraft have contributed significantly to Vietjet's impressive operational performance with a 99.6% technical reliability rate in 2017,According to Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, the President of VietJet,
Upon receiving the new aircraft, Vietjet also announced its decision to convert an existing order from 42 A320neo to A321neo. The company says it has now 73 A321neo and 11 A321ceo on order - and therefore no more A320neo.
Launched in December 2011 and growing rapidly since then, VietJet also ordered 100 Boeing 737 MAX 200 in May 2016, the high-density variant of the 737 MAX 8, capable of carrying up to 200 passengers.